While wrapped up in multiple layers of warm clothing and seeing the temperature drop below freezing point, one tends to forget that on the other side of the world, it’s not just summer, it’s a sweltering hot; record breaking summer.
Tens of thousands of dead bats fell out of the sky in Australia; struck down by the heat wave.
If the image above defies belief, watch this video:
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), an estimated 100,000 bats could have died from heat exhaustion in record temperatures in southern Queensland.
The organization’s spokesman Michael Beatty says, “The heat wave was basically a catastrophe for all the bat colonies in south-east Queensland,” he said.
“That's obviously going to have a pretty disturbing impact on those colonies and those colonies are vital to our ecosystem.”
It’s not just the bats that are suffering; there have been reports of kangaroos collapsing and other life being affected in the Outback and temperatures in some regions reaching 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday.
The heat wave started from Christmas and hasn’t let up. Forty year records have been broken across Australia; mainly in Queensland and New South Wales.
Here are some glimpses of what life is like on the other side of the globe right now:
Brazil is also another country enjoying sizzling summers:
A youth takes a shower in front of a demolished area at Metro favela near Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil pic.twitter.com/4JbCL8WXyf— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) January 9, 2014
Temperatures in Brazil are at times soaring above 120 F and keepers at the Rio de Janeiro zoo are giving the animals ice pops to beat the heat.
I'm shocked 122 Fahrenheit back home today. I must tell you ... don't miss summer in Rio de Janeiro.Too hot ?????? pic.twitter.com/JGFShb99UJ— CLAUDIA CIUFFO (@claudiaciuffo) January 5, 2014